Preferred place for prayer and meditation



This week I have visited three different places of worship.
My writing group meets at a Quaker Meeting House

The studios of the local radio programme with which I’m involved are in a renovated Methodist Chapel


I attended the reading of the story of Esther for the festival of Purim and the Sabbath service at my synagogue

But this poem which is on the wall of a garden in a nearby park expresses which venue is my favourite when it comes to reflection and contemplation:
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

~Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"


And this poem sums it up:
When overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think,
I go out and garden, it's cheaper than a shrink.

~Author Unknown


 What about you?

Comments

  1. Gardens, parks and generally anywhere outdoors is good for the soul - and, indeed, closer to God, because closer to His creation.
    Walking nearly always does the trick for me; my mind can turn over the things I have to deal with, and/or pray, while my body simply does what it is supposed to be doing.

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  2. Always good to vary writing locations. Good to find places where you can be quiet and peaceful by yourself too.

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  3. What a lovely sentiment. Our garden is a bit chilly still but vey soon I'll be putting my lovely swing seat out and resuming my meditation position. I too have been to the Synagogue but I must say that any place of prayer, whatever denomination, has a certain feeling of peace about it.

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